Kelly Elementary School Shooting in Carlsbad: Two Children Shot
Two Children Were Shot at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad California on Friday Afternoon
The North County Times reports that two children were shot in the arm and one person is in custody, but police may be looking for a second suspect. The children are considered to have non-life threatening injuries.
According to NBC San Diego, the shooter, described as a 'gray-haired man', leapt a fence to gain access to the school grounds and he gave the police three names, including a woman's name when he was caught and questioned. A propane tank was also found near the suspect's car, parked near the school.
A man named Scott Chandler, who lives across the street, and a few construction workers helped to tackle the suspect to the ground. Mr. Chandler said that the suspect had a box of bullets in his pants and he had brought a '5 gallon gas can'.
Witness Terry Lynn said that he saw the gunman shooting toward a field with children in it. He said he saw what was happening and screamed, "No! No!" at the gunman, then jumped in his van and raced down to the school to help, but when he had pulled up, Chandler and the construction workers already had the suspect in custody.
The school was on lockdown and parents were being told to go to Laguna Riviera Park on Kelly Drive and Park Drive for more information about the shooting.
The names of the students shot and the suspect has not been released, but witnesses describe seeing one person being put on a stretcher and being airlifted to hospital to receive more medical attention.
San Diego Sheriff's officials confirmed that Carlsbad police have requested the sheriff's bomb squad to respond after suspicious devices were found.
Police are conducting a thorough search of the building but are not releasing much more information at this time.
"My mind is crazy right now. I am dying to hear what is happening," said Alexandra Espidella, who is the mother of four children at the school.
Any motive for the shooting has not been released at this time.
About 450 students attend Kelly Elementary.
We will update this post when more information becomes available.
Some photos from the scene (click on them to enlarge the pictures):